The Department of Sociology awards full-time and part-time graduate assistantships
to its most qualified applicants. Full-time assistantships require 20 hours of work
per week in the department, pay a monthly stipend for eight months, and include a
full tuition and fee waiver (including out-of-state tuition, if applicable). Part-time
assistantships require 10 hours of work per week, pay a monthly stipend for eight
months, and include a waiver of half the student's tuition and fees. Students who
receive full-time or part-time assistantships must enroll for 12 credit hours per
semester, maintain satisfactory work performance, and maintain a GPA of "3.0" or higher.
Students usually remain on assistantships for two years.
Although the deadline for applying for Fall admission to our program is July 1, students should apply by March 1 to receive full consideration for an assistantship. Students interested in applying
for an assistantship should fill out the "Application for Graduate Admission/Assistantship
in Sociology" form (click here) and send it along with their personal statement and letters of recommendation to
Jeni Loftus, Graduate Coordinator, Department of Sociology, University of Memphis,
Memphis, TN, 38152.
Students who apply for a graduate assistantship should also apply for workstudy support
through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When filling out the
application, be sure to ask for workstudy support. Students who want to apply for
graduate assistantships are not required to apply for workstudy support. However,
students who apply and qualify for this support earn more as graduate assistants than students who do not apply.
To receive priority consideration for workstudy support, you should apply by March
1 for the Fall semester and by October 1 for the Spring semester. The University of
Memphis Financial Aid website will explain how to begin the process. You can access the electronic form you need
to fill out at Federal Government FAFSA website.